It’s easy to succumb to stress as we adjust to the new normal of daily routines under the cloud of COVID-19. “Social distancing” can seem like a prison sentence, especially with a house full of cooped-up kids who suddenly aren’t allowed in Grandma’s room. We might experience emotional whiplash between concern for the health of loved ones and the terror of watching our retirement fund go up in smoke. Those recent trips to the grocery store still haven't yielded hand sanitizer or toilet paper, and all at once we’re robbed of the escape that sports or nights out on the town once provided.
At the risk of sounding Pollyanna-ish, perhaps the best self-care we can manage involves a dramatic change of perspective. Instead of looking at all the things we can’t do (and yes, that list is long), what if we approached the current lockdowns and restrictions as an unexpected opportunity?